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Best Neighborhoods for Families in Colorado Springs

Moving to Colorado Springs? The Springs is one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its beautiful views, outdoor recreation options, great local schools, and many kid-friendly activities. Here are the five best neighborhoods in Colorado Springs for families!

Briargate

Two-story single family home with one garage with brown stucco siding and brown trim Photo by Instagram user @vickiwestapher

Photo via @vickiwestapher

  • Home Price: $283,838 median purchase price; $1,351 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 91% of cities in Colorado

Briargate is one of the best neighborhoods in Colorado Springs for active families because of its abundance of outdoor spaces, including John Venezia Community Park and miles of hiking trails. If your family needs room to grow, this Colorado Springs neighborhood can provide you with modern two-story homes and large Ranch-style houses with big yards. The area is popular with working parents and young professionals alike, since it’s conveniently located near I-25 for easy commutes. Healthcare workers will also appreciate that UCHealth Memorial Hospital North is right in the neighborhood. And your kids can benefit from one of the top-rated school districts in Colorado Springs, Academy District 20, with neighborhood schools like Rampart High School, Liberty High School, and Frontier Elementary School.

Things to Do in Briargate

Play a game of soccer or tennis, or let your pup run in the dog park at Rampart Park. Check out brands like Anthropologie, Brighton, and Pottery Barn at the Promenade Shops at Briargate—or window shop at stores like H&M, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Macy’s at Chapel Hills Mall. Sign the kids up for youth sports or swim lessons at the Briargate YMCA. Let the little ones climb a giant indoor playground, jump off inflatables, and race through an obstacle course at Monkey Bizness. Enjoy a Breakfast Burrito, Hatch Omelette, or French Toast at Rock City Cafe. Chow down on unique pizzas like the Bronx Bacon Bomber, Mob Boss, or Italian Stallion at Joey’s Pizza. Devour Thai favorites like Pad Thai, Vegetable Fried Rice, or Red Curry at the Thai Mint Restaurant. Or fill up on fresh burgers like the Popper, Sin City, or Love Stinks at Crave Real Burgers.

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Downtown

  • Home Price: $277,152 median purchase price; $886 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 45% of Colorado Springs neighborhoods

Because Downtown Colorado Springs sits in the center of things to do, this bustling neighborhood is one of the best places to live in Colorado Springs for families. The area is very walkable and features almost 200 acres of parkland with immersive green spaces like America the Beautiful Park and the oldest park in Colorado Springs, Acacia Park. This Colorado Springs neighborhood is also a state-certified creative district that often hosts artistic community events like First Friday Downtown and Downtown Walking Tours. Along with the many family-friendly activities in Downtown Colorado Springs, you’ll find plenty of housing options like apartments, lofts, Ranch-style houses, and townhomes. And your kids can receive great schooling at North Middle School, William J. Palmer High School, and Colorado College while living downtown.

Things to Do in Downtown

Bring your kids to shows like Cocomelon Live!, Disney Junior Live on Tour, and more at Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts. Catch all the latest blockbuster films at Kimball’s Peak Three Theater. Root for the Tigers (NCAA) on the ice at Colorado College’s Ed Robson Arena. Admire vintage motorbikes at a Colorado Springs hidden gem, The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum. Indulge in made-from-scratch biscuits with dishes like Biscuits + Gravy, The Elmer 2.0 biscuit sandwich, or the Biscuit Pot Pie at Denver Biscuit Company. Munch on The Pueblo Farmer, The Veg Out, and The Gobble Gobble at Skirted Heifer. Satisfy your hunger with the Phantom Burger, Bahn Mi, and Crispy Chicken Sandwich at Phantom Canyon. Or order Such a Snackboard, El Gaucho sandwich, or Shuga’s Favorite Cafe Tray at Shuga’s.

Northgate

Two-story single family home with one garage painted light brown with white trim and brick Photo by Instagram user @vickiwestapher

Photo via @vickiwestapher

  • Home Price: $409,033 median purchase price; $1,430 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 38% of cities in Colorado

Ready to settle down in one of the best neighborhoods in Colorado Springs for families? Northgate might be perfect for you! This quiet Colorado Springs neighborhood is perfect for parents who want to get away from the city. While living in Northgate, your children can learn time management and self-advocacy from hybrid classes at The Classical Academy, take STEAM programs at The da Vinci Academy, or prepare for the United States Air Force Academy at Air Academy High School. Your family will also have plenty of opportunities to get outside and smell the fresh mountain air in Mary Kyer Park, or after taking a day trip to Denver via nearby I-25. And with affordable real estate with different housing styles—like Neocolonial, Ranch, and Mid-Century Modern—it’s easy to see why Northgate is one of the best areas to live in Colorado Springs!

Things to Do in Northgate

Set up a picnic, play volleyball, or stop by the dog park at Fox Run Regional Park. Watch the Division I Air Force Academy Falcons (NCAA) score touchdown after touchdown at Falcon Stadium. Schedule figure skating or hockey lessons for the kids at Monument Ice Rinks in nearby Monument, Colorado. Bowl at The Summit, purchase movie tickets at Regal Theatres, or shop and dine inside InterQuest Marketplace, an entertainment hub in Colorado Springs. Get in a round of golf and stay for dinner in the clubhouse at The Club at Flying Horse. Grab a slice of signature pizzas like The Big Fizz, The Moses, or Crazy Chicken at Walter’s303 Pizzeria & Publik House. Snack on small plates like Baked Brie, Lobster Tots, or Shrimp Tostones at Atmosphere Gastropub. End the night with Bison Poppers, Chicken Drummies, or Brew House Ribs at Colorado Mountain Brewery. Or chow down on Mexican food like the Grilled Fajita Quesadilla, Burrito Chipotle, or Chicken Carnitas at Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant 3.

Northwest Colorado Springs

  • Home Price: $327,777 median purchase price; $971 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 73% of Colorado Springs neighborhoods

Just north of Garden of the Gods and home to Ute Valley Park, Northwest Colorado Springs—also known as Rockrimmon—is one of the best neighborhoods in The Springs for families who love outdoor recreation. Residents don’t just have access to local parks, trails, and open spaces within the neighborhood—they also have hiking, cave exploring, and rock climbing adventures nearby with Blodgett Open Space, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and Ormes Peak. Northwest Colorado Springs is also known for its well-rated public and private schools like Rockrimmon Elementary School, Chipeta Elementary School, and Eagleview Middle School. Parents will be able to find Ranch, Neocolonial, and Modern-style homes to raise their families while living in Northgate.

Things to Do in Northwest Colorado Springs

Play 18 holes of mini golf with the little ones at Adventure Miniature Golf. Go sledding in the winter or have a picnic in the summer at Mountain Shadows Park. Peek inside the science lab on the NASA space shuttle in the Spacelab, or deep-dive into the history of the Huygens Probe at the Space Foundation Discovery Center. Pick up home goods, clothing, and other items from the small boutiques and big-brand stores at the University Village Colorado shopping center. Share the BIG #1 and Mimosas for 2 on a brunch date at Trinity Brewing. Chow down on traditional Polish dishes like Deep-Fried Wild Mushroom Pierogi, Kluski, or a Kielbasa Skewer at Mika’s Pierogi Kitchen. Order Fish and Chips, Guinness Pie, or Wyatt’s Famous Green Chili at Wyatt’s Pub & Grill. Or sample the French Onion Soup, Crab Cake Salad, or Amish Pizza at Marigold Cafe & Bakery.

Old Colorado City

A single story, ranch style home in Old Colorado City. Photo by Instagram user @jduttcolhomes

Photo via @jduttcolhomes

  • Home Price: $460,100 median purchase price; $681 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 27% of Colorado Springs neighborhood

If you’re looking for a safe, affordable neighborhood in Colorado Springs with small-town charm and plenty of history, look no further than Old Colorado City. This quaint Colorado Springs neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its importance during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. Today, you’ll still find aged stone buildings, vintage Ranch-style homes, and plenty of established trees lining the streets. Families can send their children to schools like Adams Elementary School and Coronado High School in the Colorado Springs School District 11. And families living in Old Colorado City can participate in seasonal events like Territory Days, First Friday Artwalk, Old Colorado City Farmers Market, and more kid-friendly activities in Colorado Springs.

Things to Do in Old Colorado City

Explore the eroded canyons of Red Rock Canyon Open Space by hiking, biking, climbing, or paragliding. Join the Carnelian Coffee Book Club, or have your kids practice their reading skills with animals at the Old Colorado City Library. Learn the history behind Old Colorado City during walking tours at the Old Colorado City History Center. Wander the local shopping district and visit unique Old Colorado City stores and boutiques like Eclectic CO, Hapke’s Hortum, and Maggie M Boutique. Wake up with breakfast dishes like Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs, Life Is Good Pancakes, or Giant Cinnamon Rolls at the Mountain Shadow Restaurant. Taste authentic Italian dishes like Tonios Rigatoni, Baked Manicotti, or Penne alla Vodka at Paravicini’s Italian Bistro. Sip tea, listen to the harpist, and bite into Finger Sandwiches, Freshly Baked Scones, or Biscuits at The British Pantry and Tea Room. Or fill up on pastries and desserts like a Cream Puff, Lemon Tart, or Chocolate Eclair at La Baguette.

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Best Neighborhoods for Families in Colorado Springs